This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
My June-developed peach buds, where I cut the tops entirely off, are many of them dying; but where the young tree was small enough to bend over, or, where large, was first cut partly in two (as in plashing osage hedges) and then lopped over, the buds and stocks are all doing well. For years past I have adopted this plan in treating summer-budded roses; and one season I budded some fine quinces with pears, layered the quince limbs early, making the top of the curve just above the bud, and both pear buds and quince layers grew well. But the top of peach stock is not worth saving, and an upward cut, halfway through, will allow the top to lop over without further care, and keep up a healthy flow of sap. Where cut off, disease or death in our hot, dry climate, is inevitable.